AUTHORSalik, Naeem
TITLEThe Genesis of South Asian Nuclear Deterrence: Pakistan's Perspective
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYKarachi, Pakistan
DATE PUBLISHED2009
ISBN978-0-19-547716-0


This book presents a Pakistani perspective on the nation’s nuclear weapons program and its effect on relations with India. Introductory chapters describe the origins and history of the conflict between the two nations and the development of the weapons programs of each country. Succeeding chapters address the policies of both nations toward the non-proliferation regime, their delivery systems, command and control procedures, current policies regarding the use of nuclear weapons, and the current (2008) South Asian nuclear deterrence situation. A chapter is devoted to the role of A. Q. Khan in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and global nuclear proliferation. The final chapter examines the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. The author concludes that since nuclear weapons are permanent fixtures of the arsenals of both nations, the use of force is not an option. He suggests they should try to resolve their outstanding disputes and that the international community should also consider ways to include the two nations in the non-proliferation regime.


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